TMZ has learned that both Yeezy and Drizzy will be skipping the Grammys this year, along with other artists like Justin Bieber and Frank Ocean. According to the celebrity news site, Bieber just doesn’t feel like the Grammys are “relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers.” Apparently Drake (who’s nominated for eight awards) feels the same way, hence why he won’t be there.
As for Kanye, who also has eight nominations, sources allegedly tell TMZ, “Let’s put it this way. He’s received 21 Grammys, but when he was head-to-head against a white singer, he never won.”
Both artists could change their minds at the last minute, of course, but it seems like their decisions are set.
The last time Kanye won a Grammy was in 2013 for “Niggas in Paris” (Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song) and “No Church in the Wild” (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Drake only has one Grammy to his name so far—Best Rap Album for Take Care in 2013.
There are a couple 2016 XXL Freshmen nominated this year, too. Yachty is up for Best Rap/Sung Performance thanks to his feature on D.R.A.M.’s massive “Broccoli” while Anderson .Paak is up for Best New Artist alongside Chance The Rapper.